Sunday, 18 March 2012

Video Nasties and Film Classification

Last night I watched a documentary on the Horror Channel about the "Video Nasty" furore that took place in Britain in the early 1980s. It was interesting to hear from some of the people who participated in the various debates and had a hand in proposing (and pushing through) the legislation that we have in place today.

Following the programme I had a discussion with my Mother (who sat through part of the show, and only had a very mild interest in the subject) in which she made the argument that the incredibly violent films that were on the "video nasty" list should be banned, and I made the counter argument. She also said that she doesn't like the looks of at least half the DVDs in my collection and that maybe I should just watch decent, more mainstream films instead.

While we disagreed on this last point we did both come to the agreement that the BBFC film and video classification system that was introduced as a result of the 80s controversy is a good thing. I agree that once somebody reaches the age of 18 and they are legally considered to be an "adult" they should be allowed to watch any material they choose as long as the material was produced legally.I also agree that certain material should not be generally available to children. There should also be some films that are banned outright.

Feel free to add your opinion in the comments box for this post.


  1. There's still a few that are banned outright - Fight for your Life and Gestapo's Last Orgy being too. Plus alot of the real infamous ones were never offered for certification. Man from Behind the Sun, Human Pork Chop and Guinea Pig Experiments to name but 3

    1. So do you think they should be banned? I have read the synopses for some of them and they sound deplorable, but does that mean that nobody should be allowed to see them in the UK?